It wasn't that long ago that Grand Theft Auto Online players turned the game's alien bodysuit into a uniform for an intergalactic civil war, playing out across the streets of Los Santos. The wild west of Red Dead Online is seeing its own cosmetic revolution, though for a slightly different reason.
Followers of Red Dead Online have been frustrated in the past with the lack of updates for Rockstar's multiplayer cowboy sandbox. A Twitter account tracking Red Dead updates notes just how many days it's been since the last update, and elsewhere, players have been venting their frustration over the lack of content.
The flashpoint was the decision to don a single uniform, presenting one unified image: dozens of cowboys in clown outfits. As reported by Polygon, fans have started donning clown attire and, over time, general circus attire to call attention to the lack of meaningful updates. Players like OnlyPVPCat have called for flash mobs of clowns, and the Red Dead Online is already seeing some clown posts pop up.
It's still in its nascent stages compared to the rapidly escalating alien gang wars in GTA Online, but something tells me Rockstar won't stoke the fires here. The clown costumes are directly calling attention to the struggles of Red Dead Online.
But despite this being a protest against Rockstar's lack of love for Red Dead, players are keeping things fairly civil. (Well, besides all the brawling in the streets.) Speaking to Polygon, an admin of the clown Discord says the clown costumes draw are self-deprecating, in representing the clash between dissatisfaction with the game and still continuing to play it.
"Rather than let it turn negative or nasty, which in game communities things often can, I thought I'd turn [our protests] into something a bit more fun or even wholesome in a way," the admin told Polygon.
As the clown parties ramp up, hopefully Rockstar takes notice. Red Dead Online seems to have inspired fervent interest from some fans, much in the same way that GTA Online had its devotees even during its troubled early days. They're at least willing to make clowns of themselves to make a point.Lead image via OnlyPVPCat.